HC Deb 02 April 1973 vol 854 cc13-4W
Mr. Robert Cooke

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if she will make a statement giving details of the ultimate destinations of the exhibits now housed in the Transport Museum at Clapham and arrangements for the display of exhibits pending the provision for them of a permanent home.

Mr. St. John-Stevas

The major part of the railway collections from the Museum of British Transport at Clapham will be transferred to the new National Railway Museum at York in the care of the Science Museum. These exhibits will include all the locomotives except two, all the items of rolling stock except two, and a selection of the railway road vehicles.

The relics from Clapham belonging to the London Transport Executive are, I understand, to be put on public display shortly at Syon Park. The four tramcars and one trolleybus at Clapham which do not belong to the London Transport Executive are to be taken by the Science Museum into an annexe at Hayes, Middlesex, which it is intended to open occasionally for visitors.

The disposal of those relics not to be transferred to either the Science Museum or to the London Transport Executive is a matter for the British Railways Board but I understand that both the locomotives and rolling stock which will not go to York have been found homes where their preservation is assured.

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